"If architecture is the story of a time and place, structure is the language in which the story was written," says SOM Structural and Civil Engineering Partner William F. Baker, lecturing last week at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) College of Architecture. Speaking about geometry, structure, and architecture, Baker expanded upon SOM's collaborative design and engineering process. A global leader in structural engineering, Baker revolutionized skyscraper design with the invention of the buttressed core for the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world today.
Baker's lecture served as the inaugural event of the 2016 Dean's Lecture Series. He has served in numerous advisory roles at IIT, teaching about the importance of a strong conneciton between engineering and architectural design. Baker was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by IIT in 2015 and currently serves as a member of the Board of Overseers for the College of Architecture.